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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 4:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I just checked. Apparently I have Windows 7.

Is that bad? Is there any reason I'd want Windows 8? I have no clue, except that I also have Microsoft 2013 and pretty much hate it. (Maybe it doesn't run well with 7? Never thought of that. It just seems slow and like it has some weirdly clunky features. Of course the brain space I allocate to computers, other than yelling at them, is approximately equal to my knowledge level -- e.g., infinitisimal.)

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Windows 7 is just fine. You don't necessarily NEED Windows 8. There are some nice features and improvements, but there are also some changes and things that you might not want or need.

You'll have this no matter which platform you run on.

When you say Microsoft 2013 you really are referring to Office 2013. I don't know what there is to hate specifically because that software package is pretty damn good.

Though for the basic stuff its like buying a high horsepower car to drive it down the main street at 20 mph.

You might do better with Open Office for just some standard type stuff.

https://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 8:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

What's in Open Office? All I need on any regular basis is Word.

BTW the prime thing that drives me batty about 2013, at least in the version I have, are things like this: Whenever I open a document file, it opens up the last ones I worked on first. So I have to sit there while it opens a couple of unnecessary documents. And for some reason my computer is super slow, so this is really aggravating. (Do I need more ram or whatever? I've started asking around about that, but don't quite trust the shops ... I don't want it wiped and then find that not everything was included in the backup -- "oh whoops, sorry" -- which happened to me once.)

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 15, 2014 9:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

It has the equivilent of Word.
There's also the offshoot of Open Office called Libre Office.
They both work really well (in my experience anyways).
Here's a short article:

http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/review-apache-openoffice-4-vs-libreoffice-41-224280

https://www.libreoffice.org/


This post was modified by beep* on 2014-03-16 04:43:39

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Thanks, beep. Looking at both of them ... here's my favorite section from Libre on Writer:

The Autocorrect dictionnary checks your spelling as you type

LOL!!!!!!!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Oh Heavens to Murgatroyd! Now we're in trouble!

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 9:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

It is really tough to say exactly without specifications of your machine and some diagnostic information.

It does sound like something with Word not closing properly or something as that is the only time I have experienced it opening documents in that fashion.

Is there anything about recovery files on the left hand side of the window when you open Word? That would be an indication of the application being closed or crashing.

Performance could be down to RAM or a slow hard drive and many other things.

I would refer back to my previous analogy though - if all you need is the most basic of Word processing features I would go with something tailored to those needs.

Open Office is a suite of applications just like Microsoft's Office Suite - to bad neither are as stellar as Weather Report Suite.

Give Open Office a download and install. You will have a Word-like application that will provide the same functionality and possible perform a bit better on your machine.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I've seen it do that on other computers here too. Could be a local issue if that's not normal.

Yeah, there are often recovery files on the left hand side. Even if I shut everything down. Grrr.

I need Word processing, but also need to send docs to people with regular Word and not have them need to go through any extra steps, as well as to receive docs and work on them. (I work as a writer/editor.) Does it do that?



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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 16, 2014 4:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

You will have support for both the .DOC and .DOCX formats.